Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King

Gwendy's Button Box

The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told... until now.There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs,...

Title:Gwendy's Button Box
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ISBN:1587676109
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:175 pages

Gwendy's Button Box Reviews

  • Carol
  • Matthew

    King is back! . . . and he brought a friend . . .

    A very nice novella indeed! A story of choices and mystery. Questions about what a person might do with almost God-like power. Would you choose to be merciful or would you let your inner demons make you the ultimate destroyer?

    Whatever you decide, if you like a good thriller (and, perhaps in this case, don't have a lot of time to dedicate to a big book), I suggest you choose Gwendy's Button Box for a good dose of "what-ifs".

    Side note: the version I

    King is back! . . . and he brought a friend . . .

    A very nice novella indeed! A story of choices and mystery. Questions about what a person might do with almost God-like power. Would you choose to be merciful or would you let your inner demons make you the ultimate destroyer?

    Whatever you decide, if you like a good thriller (and, perhaps in this case, don't have a lot of time to dedicate to a big book), I suggest you choose Gwendy's Button Box for a good dose of "what-ifs".

    Side note: the version I read includes an additional short story called "The Music Room". A minor anecdote, really. Not much too it and not really worth hunting down unless you are a King completist.

  • Alejandro

    Gwendy Peterson is a normal teenager in the (not-so normal) Castle Rock town, she is looking to lose some weight (mainly due the meanness of fellow schoolmates), and to do that she has been running on the “Suicide Stairs”, one of the colorful places in the town, until one day, when she reached the high point of the stairs, she meets a strange man with a black hat which knows too much about Gwendy’s personal life and he gives her a gift, a powerful and enig

    Gwendy Peterson is a normal teenager in the (not-so normal) Castle Rock town, she is looking to lose some weight (mainly due the meanness of fellow schoolmates), and to do that she has been running on the “Suicide Stairs”, one of the colorful places in the town, until one day, when she reached the high point of the stairs, she meets a strange man with a black hat which knows too much about Gwendy’s personal life and he gives her a gift, a powerful and enigmatic gift,…

    …a button box.

    So, Gwendy may lose personal weight but now she is gaining a responsability weight way beyond of her wildest dreams…

    …or nightmares.

    The button box has various buttons (duh!) and two levers (that I won’t spoil what they do, since it’s part of the fun and thrill of the tale), and Gwendy soon enough will realize that while of the features of the box seem not only harmless but even rewarding in different areas of her life, other features will be without a doubt a burden with tremendous repercussions.

    The box is power…

    …and there isn’t power without responsibility (ask Peter Parker if you don’t believe me!) and consequences.

    And something else about power is that even in the inaction, when you have power and you don't do something about it, there are consequences too.

    Trivial gifts are innocent, even pointless in a practical view, but…

    …powerful gifts are life-changing, for better or worse, you’ll never be the same after receive them…

    …and guarding them.

  • Sr3yas

    3.5 Stars

    This brand new novella written by King and Richard Chizmar asks this very question to a twelve-year-old girl. Gwendy is a smart and nice kid living in Maine with her parents. On one fine day, she meets a peculiar man: A man in black who presents her a box of ultimate power for safe keeping.

    An odd stranger giving a mysterious box to a 12-year-old girl. I mean, if that's not setting off alarms in your head, what would?!

    It's a ni

    3.5 Stars

    This brand new novella written by King and Richard Chizmar asks this very question to a twelve-year-old girl. Gwendy is a smart and nice kid living in Maine with her parents. On one fine day, she meets a peculiar man: A man in black who presents her a box of ultimate power for safe keeping.

    An odd stranger giving a mysterious box to a 12-year-old girl. I mean, if that's not setting off alarms in your head, what would?!

    It's a nice story.

    We got a lot of likable characters, generic bully/ bad guy and a cozy mystery. Basically, it's like what might have happened

    By the way, my favorite moment had nothing much to do with the main characters. It involves minor characters, but the whole scene reminded me of something..... specific!

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  • Jeffrey Keeten

    It all begins with daily summer exercise on the cliffside stairs. Gwendy Peterson is 12 years old in 1974 and chubby. She will be going to middle school in the fall, and she does not want her nickname,

    It all begins with daily summer exercise on the cliffside stairs. Gwendy Peterson is 12 years old in 1974 and chubby. She will be going to middle school in the fall, and she does not want her nickname, Goodyear, tagging along with her from elementary school. At the top of the cliffside run sits a man on a bench in a black bowler hat, black jeans, black coat, and a white shirt. He has been there every day. She has ignored him. He has looked at her with an intensity that would make anyone uncomfortable, but especially a self conscious girl who thinks everyone is only looking at her flaws when they look at her.

    Of course, he could be a perv.

    There is always that.

    He is, after all, reading a book called

    , which frankly sounds like something a perv would read.

    Richard Farris (he does introduce himself) convinces her to have a harmless conversation with him. He has brought a gift that he wants to intrust to her. A button box, but not just any button box; one that dispenses chocolates with one lever and silver Morgan coins with the other. In exchange for the box, her only job is to keep it safe.

    It doesn’t take long for her to discover that the chocolates have some magical element that allows her to be good at...well...everything.

    The buttons themselves have power beyond anything she can conceive, but with that power comes great responsibility. Farris is cryptic in his explanations, which makes one wonder if even he knows the true power of all those buttons. The black button can not be pushed under any circumstances. The red button is a wild card. Each of the other buttons are tied to specific geographical regions. If the chocolates weren’t so mouth watering amazing, a smart girl like Gwendy would have excused herself and broke into a fast trot back to the life that the fates had already strung for her.

    Stephen King and Richard Chizmar combine forces to return readers to Castle Rock, Maine. Castle Rock has provided the setting for many King books over the years and is a home away from home for many of his dedicated fans. The book is a quick read. I finished it in an afternoon. The button box is a conundrum, and I had no problems lurking in the shadows, observing events, and waiting for that black bowler hat, that appeared in many of Gwendy’s most disturbing dreams, to show up again with, hopefully, some much needed insight. This book quickly went into a third printing so copies are moving as fast as Cemetery Dance can print them. A book that will have you pondering...what would I do?...can I resist the urge to use the power that is at my fingertips?...when do I intercede and when do I turn a blind eye?

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  • Hannah Greendale

    to watch a video review of this book on my channel,

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    Gwendy Peterson lives in Castle Rock, Maine. Every morning, she jogs up the suicide stairs. One day, she reaches the top of the stairs and meets a strange man dressed in black. He offers Gwendy a gift, something he says is

    . The man in black produces a canvas bag and reveals a button box. Gwendy is drawn to the button box and gleefully accepts it, unaware of the power it holds.

    to watch a video review of this book on my channel,

    .

    Gwendy Peterson lives in Castle Rock, Maine. Every morning, she jogs up the suicide stairs. One day, she reaches the top of the stairs and meets a strange man dressed in black. He offers Gwendy a gift, something he says is

    . The man in black produces a canvas bag and reveals a button box. Gwendy is drawn to the button box and gleefully accepts it, unaware of the power it holds.

    Though the story begins with Gwendy Peterson as a middle-grader and follows her into adulthood, her story arc is infinitesimal.

    One of the primary villainous characters in the book is yet another one-dimensional bully. When Gwendy spurns his advances, his response is explosive:

    At crucial moment, a problematic scenario is partially resolved by a woman exposing her breasts – a befuddling resolution.

    is a pointless tale. Aside from the surface-level examination

    , any deeper meaning to the story is not readily apparent.

  • Dan Schwent

    When Gwendy Peterson meets a mysterious man in black on top of Suicide Stairs, he gives her the button box. One lever gives her a candy, one lever gives her a silver dollar, and the buttons give only death...

    I've been a Constant Reader for a long time. This showed up on my BookGorilla email one morning and I gave it a shot. The writing was vintage King. It felt like putting on a favorite T-shirt.

    Castle Rock and a character with the initials RF are back! A middle schooler winds up with a device

    When Gwendy Peterson meets a mysterious man in black on top of Suicide Stairs, he gives her the button box. One lever gives her a candy, one lever gives her a silver dollar, and the buttons give only death...

    I've been a Constant Reader for a long time. This showed up on my BookGorilla email one morning and I gave it a shot. The writing was vintage King. It felt like putting on a favorite T-shirt.

    Castle Rock and a character with the initials RF are back! A middle schooler winds up with a device of unimaginable power and with great power, everybody now, comes great responsibility. Gwendy's Button Box is a coming of age tale. Gwendy Peterson goes from middle school to high school with a monkey on her back in the shape of a box studded with eight buttons and two levers.

    In some ways, the story reminded me of that Richard Matheson Twilight Zone episode that later became the movie The Box. Giving Gwendy the button box sounds like a fantastic act of destructive mischief on behalf of King's go-to bad guy. As I wolfed down the pages like a hungry billybumbler, I envisioned the horrors that were sure to wait for me at the end of the book.

    Yeah, there was an ending but it wasn't the one I was picturing or anything near that Path of the Beam. It was letdown, not unlike the ending of

    . Lots of build up with not much of a payoff in this Constant Reader's opinion. While King's high up in my pantheon of writers, he's not lofty enough for me to pretend I enjoyed the last 10%. 3.5 out of 5.

    I found a PDF of Button, Button, the Richard Matheson short story/Twilight Zone episode this reminded me of:

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

    I listened to the audio version of this book through the library Overdrive but I'm going to buy a copy from Audible. Maggie Swift from Sons Of Anarchy was the narrator and she was awesome!

    I loved that there was a little talk with Stephen King and Richard Chizmar at the end. Just listening to them was cool.

    There is also a short story at the end of the first book called, "The Music Room." This is a tiny short story by Stephen King. Just a little tad bit of horror to add to your day.

    I also have

    I listened to the audio version of this book through the library Overdrive but I'm going to buy a copy from Audible. Maggie Swift from Sons Of Anarchy was the narrator and she was awesome!

    I loved that there was a little talk with Stephen King and Richard Chizmar at the end. Just listening to them was cool.

    There is also a short story at the end of the first book called, "The Music Room." This is a tiny short story by Stephen King. Just a little tad bit of horror to add to your day.

    I also have to say how much I love the cover of the book. When I first saw it I never really paid much attention to it. When I was listening to it I started to really look at the pictures and noticed all of the wonderful things that are added. You can see the suicide steps, the town, Gwendy talking to the man in the black hat. I just think it's lovely.

    This isn't some big ole horror story. It's just a story of Gwendy and how she comes across the button box that she owns for a good portion of her life. There are secrets about the box. I thought they were pretty awesome. In some ways I could see how the box would be a terrifying thing to have in your possession for a few different reasons that I won't say.

    I just fell in love with the story. I fell in love with Gwendy's character. And I hated one ole jerk in the book. I hated him really bad. Karma dude, karma.

    I'm going to get a physical copy of the book too because there are just some books you love for whatever reason and you want to own them. It's just that simple.

    Enjoy ♥

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